Photo: Allison Agsten of Los Angeles stands with supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program during a rally outside the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 5, 2017. (Kyle Grillot/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, ends in six months. We look at what exactly today’s order contains, and what Congress could do to normalize the immigration status of some 800,000 Dreamers. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says this is an unconstitutional program.
San Francisco temperatures reached 106 degrees. There’s a so-called micro burst of cold air in Santa Barbara and LA saw its largest fire ever -- fanned by furnace-like temperatures. Can climate science explain what’s going on?
Chris Arnade earned a PhD in physics, then made millions on Wall Street as a trader. He quit in 2012 to travel the U.S., photographing poor, neglected neighborhoods. He said he saw a lot more community and dignity there than people typically think, but also more frustration and inequality. Some choose to stay, he points out. “This idea that we should all leave, all get out, why is that our only measure of success? What about a child who stays to be with their family?”
For the past three months, human rights organizers worked with the Canadian government to secretly evacuate gay people in Chechnya. They were imprisoned and tortured because of their sexual orientation. Twenty-two of them have made it through Russia to Canada, via an underground railroad. More are expected to be freed in the coming weeks.
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Trump signs order banning family separations, so what's next? Today President Trump signed an executive order banning family separations at the border. His “zero tolerance” immigration policy caused the separations in the first place. It’s been an explosive political issue, with even the first lady urging her husband to change course.
What happens to kids separated from their parents at the border? Some 2000 immigrant kids have been separated from their families at the border. Their parents could be deported while they remain here. It’s becoming more difficult to find relatives to take them in because they, too, are afraid of being deported.
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